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Regional blues challenge rescheduled to Nov. 13

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Originally scheduled for August then October, the annual regional blues challenge has been moved again and will be held Sunday, Nov. 13.
The Southwest Florida Blues Society and Cape Cabaret will be partnering on Nov. 13 to present the Annual Southwest Florida Regional I.B.C. For the winners, it will manifest into a bucket-list opportunity, which is a historic engagement setting them squarely on the road to Memphis and the International Blues Challenge.
This competition is for bands and solo/duo musicians who are interested in a higher level of regional, national and international recognition. There is also a youth showcase category, that provides our younger artists (members under 21 during the Memphis IBC) with an opportunity to perform in Memphis during the Youth Showcase event. In large part it’s the who’s who of upcoming blues talent that you’ll want to keep an eye on. This event can create a scenario where the winners will be in a better position to negotiate new gigs by adding to their recognition and marketability.
Winning the (Southwest Florida Blues Society) Regional IBC and then later competing at the “IBC” in Memphis could provide you with some if not all of the options just described above.
Cash prizes are always awarded to our regional winners, to help offset their travel expenses to Memphis. Fans are encouraged to come and vote, for a “people’s choice winner” which garners a trophy and local bragging rights for the following year. So come out and vote for your favorite band. There will be blues society shirts, raffles and giveaways just to provide a short preview of what you can expect.
Admission on Nov. 13 is free, but donations are welcome. Doors open at noon, and the music starts at 1 p.m.
Happenings Magazine is again a partner of this annual event.
Cape Cabaret is located at 4725 Vincennes Blvd. in Cape Coral. Call 239-549-3000. Complete details and registration forms are online at


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